Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Horseshoe Bend & Lower Antelope Canyon | Day Three

File Horseshoe Bend under totally unexpected! It's such a neat spot. I had imagined it'd be a quick place to pull over a snap a photo, but it ended up being much more than that. There is a fee to park, and limited facilities. The parking lot is actually about a half a mile 'hike' to the bend. There are fenced in portions, but there are also tons of places you can walk right up to the edge. (Another day of being nervous watching people risk their lives for Instagram shots.)

Monday, March 23, 2020

Scenes from the Grand Canyon | Day Two

In the second installment of our 10th anniversary trip (here is day 1), here are some scenes from the Grand Canyon! Neither of us had been before, and I was truly blown away. This is going to sound dumb, but the Grand Canyon is so much bigger than I ever thought. It's so vast, and incredible. 

As I mentioned in the Zion post, I am afraid of heights. I almost forgot I was afraid of heights until going on this trip! I stayed really far from the edge when possible, but it was other people that made me a ball of nerves this entire day. So many people were taking huge risks for photos! 

Monday, March 16, 2020

A Day In Zion National Park, Utah | Our 10 Year Anniversary Trip

Blake and I just got back from an epic 10 year anniversary trip! Choosing a destination was challenging at first, because we typically go for more tropical destinations, which isn't always practical in February. Blake mentioned that he had always wanted to do a big Grand Canyon trip-something that I had never considered.

Once the research began, though, I became really excited about it! He did most of the planning, so that made it really fun for me. Long story short we had an amazing time, and I have the travel bug more than ever! 

Monday, March 9, 2020

Guest Room Essentials

Guest Room Essentials | Nautical Guest Room |

Hospitality is truly a southern tradition that my parent's deeply ingrained in me growing up. We always had people over, and guests coming and going. My parents would roll out the red carpet for people, and it always made everyone feel so comfortable. I absolutely loved living in a home that no one wanted to leave!  

When I had a home of my own, I knew I wanted to have that same sense of hospitality. Our guest room definitely reflects that. You've gotten a glimpse in here before when we redecorated it a few years ago. The decor hasn't changed much since that post, but I wanted to share a few things with you today that I always make sure to do before our guests arrive! 

Monday, March 2, 2020

Life Lately # 10

Changing Things Up
As a recovering chronic redecorator, I am still thrilled by changing things up around the house. This time though, I've been moving a few things around and doing minor refreshing. SO in love with these pillowcases I picked up from Amazon. They are kinda farmhouse-y meets coastal-which is what our house aesthetic has kind of turned into. 

With dogs, I have to buy fabrics that can be washed. The best way for us to do throw pillows, is to stick to the ones with cases. I got these pillow from Ikea years ago, and they are such a good product for the price. It's super easy to replace the cases when the old ones wear out. 

Monday, February 24, 2020

Our 10th Anniversary Party

On February 27th, we celebrate 10 years married! Honestly, it's been 10 years of bliss. We've worked hard to have an amazing marriage, and I'm super proud of that. My sweet sweet sister threw us a little party to celebrate! 

It was truly the most fun party I've ever been to. There is something super special about having all the people you love in one room. (Well almost all!) We had a private room in one of our favorite breweries, and had so much fun visiting and having drinks with our friends and family. 

There were so many beautiful details, like copycat centerpieces that we had at our wedding! We also had a fantastic caterer who made a stunning grazing table. It was a work of art, and delicious! Note also the lovely dessert table, complete with pug cookies. 

Monday, February 17, 2020

Recent Reads #6

1 Star = Hated It -  2 Stars = Didn't Like It - 3 Stars =Liked It - 4 Stars = Really Liked It - 5 Stars = Loved it

Plot: From Goodreads:Abandoned by his parents, but kept on the straight and narrow by his grandmother, Elwood is about to enroll in the local black college. But for a black boy in the Jim Crow South in the early 1960s, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy the future. Elwood is sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called The Nickel Academy, whose mission statement says it provides "physical, intellectual and moral training" so the delinquent boys in their charge can become "honorable and honest men."
What I Liked: This book is based on a real school for boys near my hometown of Tallahassee. It's been in the news a lot in the last few years because of the number of unmarked graves that have been found. It was absolutely fascinating/horrifying to read about something that took place so close to home. My grandparents lived in Tallahassee during this time period, and it was really neat to imagine the Tallahassee they knew and recognize places mentioned in this story. 
What I Didn't Like: Obviously, the subject matter on this one is really tough, and hard to read. 
Rating: 5 Stars

Monday, February 10, 2020

My First Half Marathon

After finding my (hilariously unachievable) 30 before 30 list, I realized one of the only things I might be able to attain in the next few months was doing a Half Marathon. I really wanted to do a Disney Half, but quickly dismissed that after seeing the price tag (we're talking hundreds.). My hometown was offering one at a more pleasant price of $30, and it was in the right time of year, so I signed up before I could change my mind. 

I was so grateful my mom and sister agreed to do it with me! My sister and I started training in late September, and we both agree this was one of the coolest things we've ever done. I don't think either of us has ever successfully seen a goal through like this. The progress we made training was so apparent, before we knew it we were running 8 or more miles on the weekend. (Run/Walking anyway.)

Monday, February 3, 2020

What I Wore In January

Monday, January 20, 2020

Life Lately #9

Ended 2019 in North Carolina 
We love visiting Blake's mom and dad in N.C.! The drive is pretty long, but it's always worth it. We got to spend time with his parents, and family friend's Bill & Connie, who are just the best. It was a lot of relaxing, movie watching, and eating good food.

I also got to go on a few runs in their neighborhood while we were there. It's so nice to run in new places. Changes in scenery really help keep it interesting! It was so cold in the mornings on my runs, but it warmed up to almost 70 degrees in the afternoons. Bummer, because I was really looking forward to wearing all my cold weather gear we never get to wear at home. 

Monday, January 13, 2020

The Time We Ended Up In The Back of A Cop Car

It's Story Time!
Sorry, for the clickbait title, but I just had to share something crazy that happened to us recently! We really did end up in the back of a police car. 

Last month, on a Saturday, Blake and I were running around trying to get ready for a congregation get-together that we were organizing. There was so much to do that morning that I wasn't able to get in the shower until about 11:30, and we were supposed to meet the group to set up at 1. Blake was so helpful, and he ran out to the grocery store while I got myself dressed. 

Story Time: Finding a lost girl |

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Switching to the Erin Condren Petite Planner System

Just about every year, I give an update on how I plan, and what planner I'm using. Obviously, I haven't been very content with my choices, because I've changed it up almost every single year! From a cheap TJ Maxx find, to a Lilly Pulitzer planner, I've tried Erin Condren weekly and a Simplified daily and weekly! 

Last year, I went with the Simplified (a brand I love) weekly addition. Honestly, it was the perfect planner. I LOVED it. However, in the 2020 version, they removed the [very important to me] meal planning box in the layout. At the risk of sounding dramatic, that was a complete no-go for me. That was a main reason that system worked for me and a huge part of what I plan each week. 

[I feel like I need to interject that these planners are like $50, so I'm not about to *make it work*. I want it to be perfect for that amount of money.]

Erin Condren Petite Planner Folio Review |